What we had
A Cyclist’s Haven!
The moment you step into the café, you’re greeted by a bicycle hanging on the wall. A life-size bicycle, I kid you not. Everything about Spinner Café eats, sleeps and breathes cycling.
That’s because Spinner Café is not just a food stop. It also services and rents out bicycles. It’s the ideal hub for all you passionate cyclists out there. And because they’re centered around cycling, they’re also pros at catering to you food at its healthiest. The low cost and the nutritious factor ensure that you can happily dine here several times a week. They also offer a range of healthy all-day breakfasts from 6.00 am onwards every day – breakfast of champions.
The café is located in a well accessible location and the neon blue sign is hard to miss. It’s very cosy, and I can say with certainty that it’ll never be “busy” because the inside only houses about ten people all in all. This also means that you may not be able to bag a spot, but fear not, there are a few tables located outside as well.
Though the staff is very pleasant, the service isn’t the fastest as don’t have a lot of staff, so if you order a lot, they may take a while. But while you wait, you can lean back in their comfy cushioned seats, enjoy the cool air from the air conditioner, and leaf through their many magazines, or play a game of Scrabble from their game nook, whilst listening to the melodic sounds of Ne-Yo’s Miss Independent in the background– they play a very good selection of old and new RnB.
They appear to have gone for the minimalistic effect with their table décor; a potted plant, a tissue holder and a dish of condiments. You can choose between a wooden table that seats 6, and two smaller glass tables that each seat 2 on comfy cushioned seats, so there’s definitely ample choice when it comes to seating.
Mixed Fruit Juice – Rs. 270
The mixed fruit juice came in a tall glass and contained watermelon, pineapple and papaya. A bit of sugar was added to achieve the best possible taste, but I’m sure you can ask them not to add any sugar if you’re all about healthy options. A good ratio of water to fruit was achieved, making it not too thick and not too watery.
Chicken and Pumpkin Soup – Rs. 350
We decided to try their Soup of the Day, which happened to be chicken and pumpkin. The soup was a thick, creamy broth of pumpkin with a generous sprinkling of boiled chicken. It was served with two mini triangles of toasted brown bread and butter. The taste was overall very pleasant, although health-freaks may find it a tad too salty, so be sure to request for less salt.
Vegetable Sandwich – Rs. 280
This was without a doubt the best vegetable sandwich I’ve ever tasted. Encased between three layers of brown bread toasted till golden-brown was a generous helping of vegetables including spinach, cucumber, lettuce and tomato, dressed with a touch of mayonnaise. The spinach added a pleasantly bitter taste that lingered in your mouth. The vegetables were definitely fresh, and it was all in all, the definition of healthy – perfect for cyclists!
Spaghetti Carbonara – Rs. 520
Medium-thickness spaghetti bathed in white sauce, mixed with chopped sausage and complete with a sprinkling of coriander, this dish was definitely enjoyable to consume. It completely filled the plate, leaving no room for even a bit of garnish. The generous helping of chopped sausage was well-cooked and flavoursome. It wasn’t an authentic Italian dish, but rather something you could whip up at home. Regardless, the taste did not disappoint, so there wasn’t really anything to complain about, and it would definitely be my go-to meal the next time I go there.
The Roti Sandwich Station
Spinner Café is famous for their brew and ‘Roti Sandwich’. We weren’t really in the mood for coffee but we decided to try their famous ‘Roti Sandwich’ to see what all the hype was about.
Their Roti Sandwich station offers the several choices of fillings and kurakkan and ‘lunu miris’ as add-ons.
Chicken Roti Sandwich – Rs. 300
Sandwiched between two layers of roti was a filling of flavoursome and well-cooked chicken. It was pleasantly spicy and mixed with a concoction of herbs that stimulated your taste buds and left you wanting more. If you’re a fan of roti, you will definitely enjoy this, and it’s a dish unique to Spinner so you’re unlikely to find it anywhere else.
Veggie Roti Sandwich – Rs. 260
The veggie roti sandwich contained spinach, tomato and a variety of herbs mixed together to produce a healthy yet delicious filling, which was just as good as their Chicken filling.
Red Velvet Cupcake – Rs. 200
After a scrumptious meal, we decided to top it off with some brownies for dessert. Unfortunately, they had run out of brownies, so instead, we settled for their red velvet cupcakes. It was a bit too pricey for my liking. The cake was rich and moist and had the perfect level of sweetness. The icing on top, however, was lumpy and not very creamy, and tasted rather unpleasant, so if you do go for the cupcake, I recommend scraping the icing off.
Spinner Cafe is an ideal place to lay back and relax with good music and good food at reasonable prices, and you can even go out for a spin on their bicycles, so I definitely recommend that you check this quaint little café out and see for yourself.